Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes Out-Working Everyone

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) reacts during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Peter Vecsey seems to favor the Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes, as he is constantly reporting about him working his butt off. Barnes is outworking everyone, proving he wants to be the best.

He may not acknowledge the fact that he wants it, but he is proving it through his workouts. He played very well in the 2013 playoffs and proved to everyone that he is a solid player who knows how to use his head.

When the Warriors brought in Andre Iguodala through free agency, Barnes was pushed to the bench role, something that he claimed to be okay with. He repeatedly says that the bench doesn’t matter. The thing that he’s really focused on is winning. That’s a great mentality, and I think because he’s going to be the sixth man this year, he is going to play alongside the starters, and receive more time than he got last year.

Barnes’ season ended with a bang. Literally. After sustaining a very hard fall, Barnes would come back to play, but had concussion-like symptoms, and was forced to leave the game. The Warriors ended up losing to the Spurs and getting eliminated from playoff contention.

Barnes was a huge factor in the Spurs series, and he outworked everyone just to get a couple of baskets. He’s doing it again. Barnes is once again proving that he wants to be out there, making his team better.

He has that type of work-ethic. For the Warriors, this is exactly what they’re looking for. Even if Barnes isn’t a veteran, he plays like one, and has the heart of one. He’s only a sophomore, but already, he has he eyes on the prize, and wants to win.

Barnes may be coming off the bench, but he’s going to get starter minutes. Vecsey once again shares his philosophy when he says that it doesn’t matter who starts. He also says that Barnes is going to play some power forward as well.

What do you think, Warrior fans? Is Barnes going to be the breakout player this year?

 

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes

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